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Arrive in Guatemala for CONCACAF qualifying tourney

Posted on 20 January 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has arrived in Guatemala City for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament being held Jan. 19-30. The 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship is an eight-team tournament that will send three nations to Germany. The qualifying matches will be played at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso. This is the first time a qualifying tournament for this age group has been held in Central America. The event will consist of two groups of four teams each with the top two finishers after group play crossing over into the semifinals. The reigning U-20 world champion USA is up against Jamaica (Jan. 21), Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 23) and Mexico (Jan. 25) in Group B.

U-20 USWNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adriana Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Lucretia Lee (UCLA; Bothell, Wash.), Cami Levin (Stanford; Newport Coast, Calif.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Amber Brooks (UNC; New Hope, Pa.), Charney Burk (Portland; North Tuscan, Calif.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Katy Frierson (Auburn; Birmingham, Ala.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.)

U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Schedule

Jan. 21 Jamaica 5:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel/CONCACAF.com Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 23 Trinidad & Tobago 5:30 p.m. CONCACAF.com Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 25 Mexico 5:30 p.m. CONCACAF.com Estadio Cementos Progreso

Fans can watch all of the U.S. Under-20 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Guatemala live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. This is the first time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online, and the service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. Games will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.

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Rongen finalizes Copa Chivas roster

Posted on 19 January 2010 by ASN Staff

U.S. U-20 head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized a 20-player roster that will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, to compete in the 2010 Copa Chivas tournament. The team will play first round games in Group B of the tournament with Brazil, and clubs from Atlas, Pachuca, Saprissa and Tigres. The U.S. will travel to Guadalajara on Jan. 20 and return to their clubs and colleges on Jan. 31. The roster includes four professionals, including three who were recently chosen by Major League Soccer teams in the recent MLS SuperDraft. Amobi Okugo and Jack McInerney were both first-round picks by the Philadelphia Union, while defender Zac Herold will join third-year pro Fuad Ibrahim at Toronto FC. Rongen’s two goalkeepers include a pair of FIFA U-17 World Cup veterans in Zac MacMath, who started two games at the 2007 event in Korea Republic, and Earl Edwards, who went the distance in all four games in Nigeria 2009. Edwards, now enrolled at UCLA, will be joined by 10 of his teammates from the 2009 event in Guadalajara, including McInerney and Herold.

USMNT U-20 Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Earl Edwards (UCLA; San Diego, Calif.), Zac MacMath (Maryland; St. Petersburg, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michael Ambrose (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Bryan Gallego (NY Red Bulls; Kinnelon, N.J.), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Zach Herold (Toronto FC; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Akron; Indianapolis, Ind.), Emilio Orozco (Rampage FC; Oxnard, Calif.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Marlon Duran (Latino Americano; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Fuad Ibrahim (Toronto FC; Richfield, Minn.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jr.; San Pedro, Calif.), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Nick Palodichuk (Washington Premier; Battleground, Wash.)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (NY Red Bulls Academy; Barneget, N.J.), Andrew Craven (First Coast Kickers; St. Simon Island, Ga.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United FC; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union; Alpharetta, Ga.)

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Ellis names 20 to CONCACAF championships

Posted on 11 January 2010 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jillian Ellis has named the 20 players who will attempt to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany through the CONCACAF qualifying tournament being held Jan. 19-30 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship is an eight-team tournament that will send three nations to Germany. The qualifying matches will be played at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso. This is the first time a qualifying tournament for this age group has been held in Central America.

The event will consist of two groups of four teams each with the top two finishers after group play crossing over into the semifinals. The reigning U-20 world champion USA is up against Jamaica at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 21, live on Fox Soccer Channel. The team will then face Trinidad & Tobago at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Mexico at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, in Group B. Group A consists of Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and host Guatemala.

The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on January 28, with the championship and third-place matches set for Saturday, Jan. 30. Both semifinal matches and the tournament final will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.

The winners of the semifinal matches and of the third-place match will qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup being held in four German cities (Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden) from July 13-Aug. 1. The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1990.

Ellis named the roster after a chilly week of training in Gainesville, Fla., and it features eight players who were members of the U.S. team that took second at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.

“We have had a great week of camp and I have been pleased with the players’ focus and overall level of play,” said Ellis. ”This is a very talented group of players and they are excited and very proud to represent the United States of America in the CONCACAF Championship. The team has great chemistry already and some very talented individuals. As a whole, they work very well together.”

Among the players who represented the USA in New Zealand are defender Amber Brooks, who captained the USA in several matches, as well as the tournament’s Bronze Ball winner Kristie Mewis, and Silver Shoe winner Vicki DiMartino, who scored five goals at the U-17 WWC. DiMartino, a striker for the U-17s and for Boston College where she was named ACC Freshman of the Year after scoring 14 goals, has been converted to an outside back for the U-20s. Ellis also named Taylor Vancil as one of the two goalkeepers, along with Bianca Henninger. Vancil was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament in New Zealand.

Outside back Rachel Quon, who played every minute of five starts in New Zealand, defender Crystal Dunn, and midfielders Elizabeth Eddy and Samantha Mewis were the other U-17 veterans named to the roster. Dunn rebounded from an illness to have an excellent tournament in New Zealand. Samantha Mewis is the younger sister of Kristie, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. In New Zealand, the two formed the first sister duo to represent the USA in a FIFA World Cup tournament.

Forward Sydney Leroux and midfielder Christine Nairn are the only two players on the roster who also participated in qualifying for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as well as the final tournament in Chile. Nairn is the only player on the qualifying roster who has a full national team cap, having played two matches for Pia Sundhage’s senior side while scoring one goal.

Both Leroux and Nairn played key roles in the USA winning the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Nairn played in all six games, starting four, and had two assists, including a key cross off a corner kick that was headed in by Keelin Winters, opening the scoring in a 3-0 victory over England in the quarterfinal match.

Leroux scored five times in the tournament, earning her Golden Ball honors as the MVP of the tournament and Golden Shoe honors as the top scorer. Leroux is the most capped player at the U-20 level on the qualifying roster, having played 16 international matches while scoring 12 goals. Nairn is the second most capped with 13 and one goal.

Rounding out the defenders is the speedy Kendall Johnson, who played in 21 matches for the University of Portland last season as a freshman, mostly at outside midfield, and 5-foot-10 Toni Pressley, a converted forward who started all 25 games for Florida State as a sophomore last season.

Rounding out the midfielders is Zakiya Bywaters from UCLA, Teresa Noyola from Stanford, Casey Short from Florida State and Jenna Richmond, a high school senior from McLean Soccer Club who was slated to be a key part of the 2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team, but was derailed by an ACL injury and couldn’t make it back for selection to the squad for New Zealand.

Adding firepower up front with Leroux (23 goals last season for UCLA) is a trio of forwards who add tremendous speed: high school senior Maya Hayes from the Aristics Club in New Jersey and Tiffany McCarty (17 goals for Florida State last season), and size: the six-foot Morgan Marlborough, who scored 21 goals for the Nebraska Cornhuskers while being named the 2009 Big 12 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year.

The trip to Guatemala will mark the fifth time the USA has participated in qualifying for a FIFA U-19 or U-20 World Cup. In 2002, the U.S. team traveled to Trinidad & Tobago, where it won the qualifying tournament in resounding fashion, outscoring its opposition by a margin of 34-1. Led by current U.S. Women’s National Team players Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly, the USA would go on to win the first-ever FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship by a 1-0 score over host Canada.

In 2004, the USA traveled to Canada for qualifying and fell in overtime in the title game to the hosts by a 2-1 score. The USA had advanced to the final by outscoring its opposition 25-1 in group play (which included a 0-0 tie with Costa Rica in the rain), and then defeated Mexico 6-0 in the semifinal to earn its berth to Thailand. The USA finished third in Thailand, falling in the semifinal to Germany before defeating Brazil in the third-place match by a 3-0 score.

In 2006, the tournament moved from the U-19 level to the U-20s and the USA traveled to Mexico for qualifying, where an improvement in the level of youth women’s play in the CONCACAF region showed as the USA won its three games in group play by a combined margin of 13-1 before once again defeating Mexico for a berth to the World Cup, this time by a 3-0 score. In the championship game, the USA rallied from a deficit to defeat Canada, 3-2, as current U.S. Women’s National Team players Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney scored goals.

The USA would go on to finish fourth at the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, falling in consecutive penalty kick shootouts in the semifinal and the third-place match.

In 2008, the USA rolled through group play in Puebla, Mexico, defeating Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba and Mexico by a combined 16-0, then defeated Costa Rica 4-0 in the semifinal to earn its berth to Chile. The USA then fell for the second time to Canada in a CONCACAF youth final, losing 1-0 in the final.

Of course, the USA would go on to win the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, defeating England in the quarters, Germany in the semifinal and North Korea in the title game.

Of the 20 players named to the roster, just three are uncapped at the U-20 level and with a busy schedule of competitive matches planned in 2010 should the USA qualify for the World Cup, the player pool will certainly get increased international experience in this age group. In 2009, the U.S. U-20s compiled an overall record of 9-2-3 in all matches and 4-1-2 record in international games, losing only to Germany.

Eight of the 20 players selected by Ellis were born in 1990, nine were born in 1991 and three were born in 1992, meaning they would be age-eligible for the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Two of those 1992s are Dunn and Samantha Mewis, who have already played in a FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

Ellis selected four high school seniors, but 10 different colleges are represented on the roster, led by three players from Florida State and two each from Boston College, Stanford and UCLA.

Eight nations have already qualified for Germany 2010. They are host Germany; Japan, Korea Republic and Korea DPR from Asia; and England, France, Sweden and Switzerland from Europe.

UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM Roster

2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships
Guatemala City, Guatemala
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.);
FORWARDS (4): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.)

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CONCACAF championship schedule announced

Posted on 14 December 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will open the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on Jan. 21 against Jamaica, face Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 23 and finish group play against Mexico on January 25. The team is currently in Sunrise, Fla., for a 24-player training camp from Dec. 12-19. Head coach Jillian Ellis will use the camp to make some final decisions on a roster that will represent the United States at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Qualifying Tournament that will send three nations to Germany for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The qualifying tournament will be held in Guatemala from Jan. 19-30, at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Schedule

Jan. 21 Jamaica 5:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 23 Trinidad & Tobago 5:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progreso
Jan. 25 Mexico 5:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progreso

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Rongen calls 36 to camp

Posted on 14 December 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team will hold its first training camp of the new two-year cycle beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and continuing through Dec. 23, in Chula Vista, Calif.

Head coach Thomas Rongen has called in 36 players from professional clubs, colleges and youth clubs, who will train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Included in the roster are FIFA U-20 World Cup veterans Gale Agbossoumonde and Dillon Powers. Joining them are 17 players who represented the United States at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in October.

The camp is the first for Rongen that is made up exclusively of players born in 1991 or later, making them age-eligible for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

U-20 Men’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Earl Edwards (Nomads SC; San Diego, Calif.), Justin Luthy (Boston College) Dublin, Ohio), Spencer Richey (Crossfire Premier; Seattle, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (12) Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Paolo Del Piccolo (Louisville; Lakewood, Colo.), Moises Hernandez (FC Dallas Juniors; Dallas), Zachary Herold (West Pines United; Port St. Lucie, Fla.), Perry Kitchen (Chicago Magic; Indianapolis, Ind.), Tyler Polak (CSA Legacy; Lincoln, Neb.), Kofi Sarkodie (Akron; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Akron; Lancaster, Pa.), Jared Watts (North Meck SC; Statesville, N.C.), Ethan White (Maryland; Kensington, Md.), Cesar Zamora (Chivas USA; Sylmar, Calif.), Eriq Zavaleta (FC Pride; Westfield, Ind.)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Jose Altamirano (San Diego State; San Diego), Christian Castaneda (Hertha Berlin; Lutz, Fla.), Marlon Duran (Latino Americana; Duncanville, Texas), Luis Gil (Pateadores; Garden Grove, Calif.), Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United; San Francisco), Andrew Lubahn (Wake Forest; Erie, Pa.), Carlos Martinez (Wilmington Jrs.; San Pedro, Calif.), Colin Murphy (Boston College; Guilderland, N.Y.), Amobi Okugo (UCLA; Sacramento, Calif.), Will Packwood (Birmingham City; Concord, Mass.), Nicholas Palodichuk (Washington Premier FC; Battleground, Wash.), Fabrice Picault (Cagliari Calcio; Miami), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas)
FORWARDS (8): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Will Bates (Virginia; Chester, Va.), Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy; Van Nuys, Calif.), Victor Chavez (Real So Cal; Fontana, Calif.), Ryan Finley (Duke; Lumberton, N.J.), Stefan Jerome (West Pines United; Davie, Fla.), Jack McInerney (Cobb SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Dominick Sarle (BW Gottschee; Huntington, N.Y.)

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Opara named ACC defender of the year

Posted on 10 November 2009 by ASN Staff

Ike Opara was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s defensive player of the year today despite missing a large portion of Wake Forest’s season due to the U-20 World Cup. It is the second year in a row Opara has won the award, which the ACC announced today along with its all-conference sides.

The Demon Deacons, who won the league’s regular season title, picked up three other first-team selections, including offensive player of the year Corben Bone. The midfielder was not selected for the World Cup but has figured on U.S. youth national teams before, according to his bio page on Wake Forest’s Web site.
Midfielder Austin da Luz and forward Zach Schilawski were the other Wake players named to the all-conference first team.

Duke University’s Andrew Wenger, last year’s high school player of the year, was named the league’s freshman of the year. Wenger was part of the pre-World Cup roster but does not appear to have figured in the tournament itself.

U-18 goalkeeper Zac MacMath got first team nods, as did his teammate Jason Herrick, North Carolina’s Michael Farfan, Zach Loyd and Billy Schuler (who figured on past U-20 teams as well, most recently in the World Cup qualifying tournament in Trinidad and Tobago) and North Carolina State’s Alan Sanchez.

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Bow out of World Cup

Posted on 04 October 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team was eliminated from the FIFA U-20 World Cup this afternoon after the final group matches were completed in Egypt. The U.S. finished as the 17th place team in the tournament, one place shy of the Round of 16.

After finishing the group phase with three points and a minus three goal differential after a win against Cameroon and losses to Germany and Korea Republic, the U.S. needed certain results in Group E today to go their way.

With Brazil defeating Australia, U.S. head coach Thomas Rongen’s side only needed the Czech Republic to beat CONCACAF Champion Costa Rica by shutout or at least two goals to advance, but Czech Republic only won the match by a one-goal margin, 3-2. Due to the result, the U.S. and Costa Rica tied with minus three goal difference, but Costa Rica will advance with five goals scored compared to the USA’s four.

It is the first time that the U.S. team has failed to advance past the group stage at the U-20 World Cup since 1987.

The players will depart Suez on Monday, and return to their respective club and college teams.

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Germany make Leberwurst out of U.S. at U-20 World Cup

Posted on 26 September 2009 by arozsa

All the conversation about the 2009 United States U-20 World Cup squad has focused squarely on what the squad is seemingly lacking: star power. There is no Michael Bradley, no Freddy Adu, no Jozy Altidore this time to trouble the opposition and make the key play at the key moment. Youth tournaments, however, are notorious for revelations. The 2005 squad, which featured a younger Adu as its talisman, was more notable for the emergence of Benny Feilhaber and Marvell Wynne as impact players with senior team futures.

Expectations are muted for the squad this time around. On top of missing the still eligible Adu and Altidore, the US will be without Anthony Wallace, stalwart left back of the 2007 team, who will miss the tournament with an injury. However, as we all know from following the senior team, there is no more dangerous US team than an unfancied one.

Fancied or no, the talent has to be there. The Germans will provide the test.

1st Half

The Germans dominated the first 15 minutes. They crushed every US possession and the immediately threw numbers forward. When not attacking in numbers, they went over the top to their physically impressive lead striker. They could not convert on a number of chances however.

The US began to claw back into around 20 minutes in, as they began to close down Germany more aggresively and move into the attack quickly through Brek Shea and Tony Taylor particularly.

30th minute – The US go down 1-0 after a somewhat clumsy tackle by Ownby, followed by the German attacker letting himself fall. The Japanese ref buys it, and books Ownby in the process, who for some reason is having to defend more than he would like.

33rd minute – The Americans are rattled, and the Germans stream foward and get their second, as a cleared corner gets rocketed back towards Perk. When you get two hands on the ball, you’ve got to keep it out.

34th minute – Things go from bad to worse, as Kyle Davies cannot continue, and Flores will replace him. Not a good five minutes.

Halftime
The game has settled down, as the Germans are content to reduce the pace due to their lead and, presumably, the heat. The US backline didn’t play badly, despite finishing the half with three of their four projected starters gone (Wallace, Williams, Davies). The midfield, however, is physically overmatched. Germany is aggressively winning the ball and using that platform to launch their most effective attacks. When the attacking players are finding space, they are desperately lacking the final ball, overhitting Tony Taylor on run after run.

If the US are to compete, they need to free up Mix Diskerud, who alone seems capable of making the final pass, to feed Taylor and Brek Shea who have the physical properties to menace Germany. A wide presence might help the US spread Germany out and keep them from surging forward from their compact shape.

Arguez on at halftime for Powers. Bundesliga for NCAA. Let’s see if the US can solve the midfield.

2nd Half
First 15 in half two, the Germans seem to content to sit on this lead, which I don’t quite understand. They looked the most convincing when pressuring in midfield…perhaps the heat has convinced them otherwise. If the US can get a goal before the 75th, they’ll be in the reckoning for a point.

67th – The US starting to win the challenges in midfield as Mix and Arguez begin to gel with Flores and Mayen providing support out wide. Jeffry hits the crossbar after a nice layoff by Shea. Great chance…won’t get too many more like that. Germany look to be contemplating some changes as they are starting to lose their grip on this.

69 – Taylor is dropping very deep, getting the ball and unsettling the Germans by running straight at them. Arguez has really settled things down from his deep midfield role. Final passes and crosses are still quite awful from the US.

72 – US caught on a counter, 3-0. Rather flattering to Germany, as the US carried the play for 20 minutes or so. The goalscorer looked offside as well.

78 – US is thoroughly defeated. The midfield naively giving the ball away in bad spots, and the backline repeated launching long balls to no one in particular.

Final
Bottom line: This team cannot score. Tony Taylor looked sharp from a withdrawn position, but that was it. The defense, despite a wealth of injuries, didn’t look bad. Germany scored on a soft penalty, a goalkeeper error and a counter attack against the run of play…game over. If the US wins a game at this tournament, it’ll be a 1-0 result. They’ve got to be error free. We’ll see if they are up to it.

U.S. U-20 YNT Ratings

GK – Perk – 5 – Didn’t really make any big saves. Got two hands on the second goal, but let it by regardless. That one is on him.

CB – Agbossoumonde – 6 – Soild in the air, but looked shaky on the ball.

CB – Opara – 7 – Very strong in the tackle, albeit with poor timing at the start. A promising player.

RB – Mayen – 5 – Soild enough on defense, but poor going forward, giving the ball away in bad spots.

LB – Davies (c) – 5 – Didn’t look right from the start, and came off for an unclear reason. Perhaps he was ill?

CM – Diskerrud – 6 – The US looked best when he was on the ball, but the runs off the ball for him to pick got more haphazard as the US pushed more men forward.

CM – Powers – 4 – Looked out of his depth. These aren’t college players.

CM – Jeffery – 5 – Improved as the game went on. Looked better when closer to the area.

LF – Shea – 5 – Physically imposing but lacking in technical skill and speed of thought.

RF – Ownby – 4 –
Quick and willing, but sorely needs to learn to time his runs. Gave up the penalty on a innocuous but clumsy tackle.

S – Taylor – 7 –
MOTM for the US. Dropped back to midfield to get the ball in the 2nd half and unsettled the Germans. Looks a terrific prospect.

Subs

LB – Flores – 5 – Pressed into duty. Offered nice support going forward, but simply cannot cross the ball with his only good foot.

CM – Arguez – 6 – Imposed his will early after coming on and settled things down, but faded despite only playing one half.

CM – Duka – 6 – Game was settled by the time he came on, but looked a decent player.

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Rongen names World Cup squad

Posted on 28 August 2009 by ASN Staff

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team head coach Thomas Rongen has finalized the 21-player roster that will represent the United States at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup from Sept. 24-Oct. 16 in Egypt. The roster features a blend of professional and collegiate players, including two players with prior U-20 World Cup experience in UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk and FC Dallas defender Anthony Wallace.

“It’s a culmination of two years of investing and looking at players through a good training environment and playing high level games and trying to figure out which 21 eventually would represent the United States well in Egypt.,” said Rongen, who will be at the helm of his third U-20 World Cup squad.

The U.S. team will depart for Larnaca, Cyprus, on Sept. 14 and play a final tune-up against Australia before traveling to Suez, Egypt, on Sept. 21. The U.S. will open against Germany on Sept. 26 before facing Cameroon on Sept. 29 and rounding out group play against Korea Republic on Oct. 2. All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand new Mubarak Stadium in Suez.

The defensive corps will be led by team captain Kyle Davies, who has become a regular in the FC Dallas starting lineup since a mid-season transfer from English club Southampton. He will be joined by club teammate Wallace and three others who return from the team’s successful qualifying campaign in March, in Gale Agbossoumonde, Aaron Maund and Sheanon Williams. That group, which posted four shutouts during the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March, will be bolstered by Wake Forest’s Ike Opara.

The midfield represents an even mix of college and professional players, including two who will join the team from European clubs with Jared Jeffrey, who plays for Belgian side Club Brugge, and Norwegian-based Mikkel Diskerud, who plays for Stabek. The Houston Dynamo’s Danny Cruz and Chivas USA’s Jorge Flores round out the pro players in midfield. Rutgers University’s Dilly Duka, who had a standout performance in Trinidad & Tobago during qualifying, leads a collegiate contingent that includes Virginia’s Brian Ownby, Michael Stephens from UCLA and Notre Dame freshman Dillon Powers, who will be looking to continue a breakout year that saw him earn both the U-17/18 Development Academy and Gatorade National Boy’s Soccer Player of the Year Awards.

A pair of forwards, Peri Marosevic and Brek Shea, complete the group of five players who will represent FC Dallas in Egypt. The duo also tops the roster in career goals, with Marosevic netting five in 14 caps and Shea tallying four goals in 10 U-20 internationals. Sam Garza, who in 2008 helped lead the University of Denver to its first NCAA Tournament since 1970, and Jacksonville University’s Tony Taylor are also expected to be key members of the U.S. attack.

The U.S. will be competing in its seventh consecutive and 12th overall FIFA U-20 World Cup, previously known as the FIFA World Youth Championship. They will be looking to build upon a successful campaign under Rongen in 2007, where the Americans took the top place in what was widely considered to be the tournament’s “Group of Death” that included Brazil, Poland and Korea Republic before falling in overtime in the quarterfinals to Austria.

The U.S. qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup by posting a 2-1-2 record at the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in March, collecting four straight shutouts before being downed by Costa Rica in the final. Costa Rica, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago will all join the U.S. to represent the region in Egypt.

Out of the 11 appearances in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the USA’s best finish came during the tournament in 1989 in Saudi Arabia. With goalkeeper Kasey Keller leading the way, the U.S. advanced to the semifinals and finished in fourth place.

Roster By Position: (Detailed Roster)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Central Florida; Lilburn, Ga.), Josh Lambo (FC Dallas; Middleton, Wis.), Brian Perk (UCLA; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (6): Gale Agbossoumonde (Miami FC; Syracuse, N.Y.), Kyle Davies (FC Dallas; Danville, Calif.), Aaron Maund (Notre Dame; Dorchester, Mass.), Ike Opara (Wake Forest; Durham, N.C.), Anthony Wallace (FC Dallas; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Sheanon Williams (Unattached; Boston, Mass.)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Danny Cruz (Houston Dynamo; Glendale, Ariz.), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabak; Oslo, Norway), Dilly Duka (Rutgers; Montville, N.J.), Jorge Flores (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.), Jared Jeffrey (Club Brugge; Richardson, Texas), Brian Ownby (Virginia; Glen Allen, Va.), Dillon Powers (Notre Dame; Plano, Texas), Michael Stephens (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.)

FORWARDS (4): Sam Garza (Denver; Highland Village, Texas), Peri Marosevic (FC Dallas; Rockford, Ill.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; College Station, Texas), Tony Taylor (Jacksonville; Jacksonville, Fla.)

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Finish second at Rosario after loss to Australia

Posted on 03 August 2009 by ASN Staff

The U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team wrapped up its final training camp before the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a second-place finish at the Copa Cuidad de Rosario in Argentina. With a 3-1 loss to close out the round-robin tournament, Thomas Rongen’s side finished in second place behind local club CA Tiro Federal and ahead of third-place Australia and fourth-place finisher Uruguay. The U.S. returned to the United States with a 1-1-1 record in the four-team tournament after a win against Tiro Federal and a draw with Uruguay, which led to a shootout win for the Americans. The U.S. has been drawn into a difficult Group C of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and will match up against Germany on Sept. 26, Cameroon on Sept. 29 and Korea Republic on Oct. 2 in the first round. All three of the USA’s group matches will be played at the brand-new Mubarak Stadium in Suez, Egypt.

U.S. U-20 MNT Copa Cuidad de Rosario Results

July 25 CA Tiro Federal 2-0 W U.S. goal scorers: Flores (2) Rosario, Argentina
July 27 Uruguay 0-0 T — Rosario, Argentina
July 29 Australia 1-3 L Ibrahim Rosario, Argentina

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